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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Guyana has called on Venezuela, to “behave itself” as the two South American countries continue to seek public support for its position regarding the ongoing border dispute between them.
Minister of Governance, with responsibility for National Patrimony, Raphael Trotman, told the National Assembly Thursday that Guyana is fully prepared to stand up against Venezuela which has recently laid claim to Guyana’s territorial waters.
“Venezuela knows what it has to do and that is to behave itself,” Trotman told legislators, adding that “there is a substantial oil find off the coast of Guyana.
“What we now have to do is develop it and protect it, even from the rapacious advances of our neighbours to the West”.
Trotman said that Guyana is entitled to “develop what is ours just as they (Venezuela) are entitled to develop what is theirs” and that Georgetown had allowed its neighbour to develop its own resources “without questioning by us or from us”.